Story telling in science? Is it valuable? The science says yes!
Policy / Science / Science and Communication

Story telling in science? Is it valuable? The science says yes!

This recent article by Michael D. Jones discusses the merits of telling a good story. Right… So we know that already. What else do we already know? How about this: recent Gallup poll data reveal that only 57% of the American public believes that the main cause of global warming is human activity. Now, what if … Continue reading

Link Roundup: Week of October 21st
Energy, News, and Climate / Policy / Science

Link Roundup: Week of October 21st

What role do Somali Pirates play in climate research:  http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/10/how-somali-pirates-almost-but-not-quite-halted-vital-climate-change-research/280621/ Belize to monitor MPAs with aerial drones:  http://amandala.com.bz/news/unmanned-aerial-drones-police-belizean-waters/ An old but cool segment on pristine reefs in cuba (featuring Anderson Cooper scuba diving): The new IPCC report (as seen in our business as usual” post:  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/09/27/science/IPCC-report-summary.html?ref=earth&_r=0 What the government shutdown did to science: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/med-tech/what-the-shutdown-did-to-science-16051793 Continue reading

Oceanography goes six feet under
How do we science? / The HumanitSEAS

Oceanography goes six feet under

Whether you consider them centers of discovery or lairs of evil geniuses, you probably have some mental image of a scientific lab (or la-BOHR-atory, for you evil geniuses).  There’s the row of white coats, the cabinets of mysterious glass bottles, and, always, the machines.  Blinking and beeping, these instruments, as they are more formally known, … Continue reading

Top 5 Things I Learned at Science Online Oceans 2013
Science / Science and Communication / Travel

Top 5 Things I Learned at Science Online Oceans 2013

Connect Outreach and Science As scientists, we need to start thinking of research and outreach as interconnected goals. The old paradigm within the scientific community has been “Do good work and it will speak for itself.” How about a new paradigm? Let’s try to change it to “Do good work and tell people about it.” … Continue reading

Energy, News, and Climate / Policy

Business as usual: the unacceptable model

According to a new paper published in “Nature” this month, under the “business as usual” scenario (no greenhouse gas regulation, IPCC), the average air temperature of most places on earth will be hotter than any recorded temperature at that location from 1860-2006 (link to the paper). This means that the average temperature will be greater … Continue reading